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Running Wilde: FOX Not Ordering Back Nine Episodes, Cancelled?

Running WildeTo no surprise, FOX has officially decided not to order any more episodes of Running Wilde. While the Will Arnett sitcom has not been officially cancelled, with ratings this bad, there’s no reason for the network to order season two.

Running Wilde debuted to a 2.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 5.59 million viewers. The next week’s installment dropped more than 20% in the demo and the numbers continued to tumble each week, hitting a 1.1 rating low. The numbers perked up a little after that but they’re still terrible.

The sitcom has been benched for November sweeps and but is scheduled to return on November 30th. The network has seven original episodes and will air them all before the end of the year on selected Tuesday and Sunday nights. You’ll be able to see them on November 30th and December 7th (Tuesdays), December 12th, 19th and 26th (Sundays), and December 28th (Tuesday). Two episodes will air on the 28th as the “Winter finale.”

There are no plans to bring Running Wilde back to primetime right now and, based on the ratings, the network has no reason to want do so. Fans can however catch repeats on Saturday nights at midnight.

What do you think? What went wrong with Running Wilde? Simply not funny or something else?

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iamurmstr January 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm

this show was horrible
if fox ever trys another show like this ill go crazy
This show was horrible before it even started
the writers should be ashamed

raising hope is doing pretty well though


Lindsay December 29, 2010 at 10:05 am

Don’t cancel it FOX! I love this show and the characters are great!


Ben December 29, 2010 at 9:07 am

FOX sucks. The network reaches out to dumb audience members. Arrested Development was a terrific and intellectual show, but because dumbass watch the network, they don’t get RW humor. NBC creates classic shows too. RW should write a show for NBC, he’ll do great there.


Loretta December 28, 2010 at 9:45 am

I love the show and I will miss it…I think its funny… Fox needs to get a handel on things


Loretta December 28, 2010 at 9:43 am

I love the show and I will miss it…I think its funny…


eddie g December 26, 2010 at 12:11 pm

It’s the other shows it conflicted with. It was in a terrible time slot. I had to schedule it on hulu because my favorite shows (FOR YEARS) were conflicting with it. So that is the reason for the drop offs. Fox is terrible with placement of shows. They make good shows die quickly, sometimes they spare you a day more by casting you off into friday night- which is sure death! Fox can’t get their crap together to put these good shows in timeslots that make sense. This show, on a Sunday night, would have killed, but Sunday’s all reserved for cartoons.


RayRay December 21, 2010 at 8:54 pm

I think its actually a really charming show, full of laughs and fun charachters, but its first msitake was running on FOX, a network well known for canceling shows at the drop of a hat without. FireFly, Drive, Welcome to the Dollhouse; all wonderful shows cut down before they really had a chance, by the fickle FOX network. Also, the premise of the show is one that would only work for one season at best. The entire show can’t be only about Steve trying to win over Emmy by trying to be somone he’s not. As charming as that is to watch right now, it would be dullsville past season one. The show would have to get another focal point, most likely on their relastionship being odd and mistmatched like that in Dharma and Greg, because the fasination with him simply chasing her would wear thin all too soon. However, fans will never know if the series could have made it with another focal point or not, because like most entertianing shows with the FOX lable on it, Running Wilde, has been stopped before it ever really had a chance.


Biff Malibu December 19, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Screw this show. They need to make room for more shows like So You Think You Can Dance. Maybe House THREE nights a week. Rediculous.


BALI December 19, 2010 at 4:09 pm

this show is one of best fox sticoms right now they should give it a chance


Rebecca December 16, 2010 at 8:53 pm

It’s too bad this show didn’t stand a chance….well, it would have if it had had good promotion throughout its run. It’s also too bad that the network keeps changing its mind about airing its final episodes. Whatever they wind up airing, I’ll watch it online in early January since it won’t be on TV past December (and I’m going out of town, not watching much TV over the next two weeks). I love “Raising Hope” and am glad it’s doing well. Too bad “Running Wilde” couldn’t do as well. Now maybe the crew can work on the “Arrested Development” movie! That was a much better show than RW.


John December 16, 2010 at 1:46 am

I love this show, so of course it’s getting cancelled. It seems to me that Fox didn’t give this show a fair shot. Why didn’t they air the episodes in order and with no breaks/re-runs? They should have treated this like Raising Hope, which I guess is doing OK.


Anonymous December 14, 2010 at 5:14 pm

sooo upset! Everything good gets canceled– some shows just take a little while. Pushing daisies was amazing and got cut shot because of the writer’s strike. RW hasn’t gotten a ton of publicity– i don’t think Fox gave it a good enough try. And what are they replacing it with? Bob’s burgers? Let’s see how long that trash holds out


Amanda December 9, 2010 at 1:40 pm

I’ve been watching it from the beginning, and I like it, but it really didn’t start to get really funny until the last three episodes. I think it took too long to warm up.


Vanessa Ryan December 7, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Big mistake cancelling Running Wilde. This show is hilarious and recreates the comedy style from Arrested Development which was another great show. The whole cast is hilarious together. I love how the flashbacks are also similar to Arrested Development’s. It’s too bad I only started watching the episodes yesterday, I would have been watching it from the start and promoted it.


joe martin December 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm

If they cancelled Cheers, like the network wanted to, after only 9 shows, we wouldn’t have Becker, Frasier, Natural Born Killers, White Men Can’t Jump, Jenny Craig, Cousins, Three Men and a baby, half the Curb your Enthusiasm episodes..etc.etc.. and a Mister Blandings Builds His Dream House remake. I thought the show was a boffo smash hit!


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